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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Development of a Decision-support System for the Ecologically-based Management of Cheatgrass- and Medusahead-infested Rangeland

Location: Range and Meadow Forage Management Research

Title: Integrating a rangeland health assessment with successional management: A synergistic approach to EBIPM

Authors
item Vasquez, Edward -
item Sheley, Roger
item James, Jeremy
item Svejcar, Anthony
item Pellant, Mike -

Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: August 15, 2012
Publication Date: December 1, 2012
Repository URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/56010
Citation: Vasquez, E.A., Sheley, R.L., James, J.J., Svejcar, A.J., Pellant, M.L. 2012. Integrating a rangeland health assessment with successional management: A synergistic approach to EBIPM. Rangelands. 34(6):15-18.

Interpretive Summary: Rangeland health assessment is method for determining the status of rangeland ecosystems. Using this program, land managers evaluate a series of 17 attributes including soil and vegetation properties. Once this information is collected it is compared to an ecological site reference area for a rapid assessment of rangeland health regarding the status of ecosystem properties. Using successional management we developed a worksheet to transfer this information to better determine the causes of succession that may be in disrepair. We consider this the first step in implementing an ecologically-based invasive plant management program.

Technical Abstract: Qualitative Rangeland Health Assessments are extremely useful because they provide a relative indication of resource problems on rangelands. Additionally, theSuccessional Management framework identifies three primary causes of plantcommunity change, ecological processes, and factors that modify these processes.Incorporating Successional Management with a Rangeland Health Assessment is useful for detecting areas adversely impacted by multiple stressors and provides usefulinformation to resource managers about point-in-time cumulative impacts. The overall goal of this article is to describe how ecologically-based invasive plant management integrates these two concepts to form a holistic vegetation management framework for managing and/or restoring degraded rangelands.

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